The Philippine Navy Seabees Combat Engineers participated in the Heavy Mechanized Bridge System (HMBS) capability training, which the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Logistics Command supervised at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, from September 02 to September 23, 2022. The 3rd Naval Combat Engineer Battalion spearheaded the PN Seabees team with AFP engineering units from the Philippine Army and Philippine Air Force during practicals on launching, assembly, and disassembly of the HMBS equipment.
Said activity was in consonance with the donated equipment from the People’s Republic of China (PROC), in which HMBS operation will be an additional capability for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) operations.
The HMBS is a wheeled bridge-laying vehicle capable of holding vehicles weighing up to 50 metric tons and could bridge a gap with reach up to 50 meters when connecting five modular spans. The equipment is beneficial for rescue operations and continuous delivery of government services during natural calamities and disasters.